RICHMOND, Va. Verizon Communications today named Lydia Pulley as vice president and general counsel for its operations in Virginia, effective Aug.1. Verizon, a national telecommunications company, was formed June 30 with the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE.
Pulley, a South Carolina native, succeeds Warner Brundage, who is retiring after 31 years in the job.
"Warner will be greatly missed by all of us," said Robert Woltz, president of Verizon Virginia. "In addition to being a good friend, there is no one who knows more about telecommunications law and regulation anywhere in this state. It has been a real pleasure for me to work so closely with him for the last nine years."
Woltz called Pulley's appointment an excellent choice. "She clearly knows the ropes," he said. "Lydia has helped us with regulatory cases in Virginia for the past several years and was formerly the general counsel of our company in Delaware."
Pulley joined Bell Atlantic's legal department in 1993, serving in its Washington, D.C., offices. She was appointed vice president and general counsel of Bell Atlantic - Delaware in 1996. She moved to Richmond in 1998, but continued to represent Bell Atlantic before regulatory agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, as well as before the Federal Communications Commission.
Prior to joining Bell Atlantic, Pulley served as an attorney with the firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering in Washington, where her practice focused on administrative litigation. Pulley graduated in 1985 Phi Beta Kappa from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. After graduation, she worked briefly for C&P Telephone (the predecessor of Bell Atlantic - Virginia) as a planning engineer, leaving that job in 1986 to enter the University of Virginia School of Law.
At U.Va., she was accepted to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, she served as a clerk for the Hon. Robert R. Merhige Jr. in Richmond. Pulley is a member of the Virginia Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. She and her husband have two sons and live in the West End suburbs of Henrico County.
Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 95 million access lines and 25 million wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in 1999 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.